a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
verb (used with object)
to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
to lay a burden on; make serious demands on:
to tax one’s resources.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse:
to tax one with laziness.
Informal. to charge:
What did he tax you for that?
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
verb (used without object)
to levy taxes.
noun, plural taxes
[tak-seez] /ˈtæk siz/ (Show IPA)
arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
Biology. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward or away from light.
Surgery. the replacing of a displaced part, or the reducing of a hernia or the like, by manipulation without cutting.
Architecture. the adaptation to the purposes of a building of its various parts.
a plural of taxi.
a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc
a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources
to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one’s intellect
to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime
to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor’s bill of costs: to tax costs
(slang) to steal
the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
(surgery) the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
taxis tax·is (tāk’sĭs)
n. pl. tax·es (tāk’sēz)
The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation.
first mentioned in the command (Ex. 30:11-16) that every Jew from twenty years and upward should pay an annual tax of “half a shekel for an offering to the Lord.” This enactment was faithfully observed for many generations (2 Chr. 24:6; Matt. 17:24). Afterwards, when the people had kings to reign over them, they began, as Samuel had warned them (1 Sam. 8:10-18), to pay taxes for civil purposes (1 Kings 4:7; 9:15; 12:4). Such taxes, in increased amount, were afterwards paid to the foreign princes that ruled over them. In the New Testament the payment of taxes, imposed by lawful rulers, is enjoined as a duty (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:13, 14). Mention is made of the tax (telos) on merchandise and travellers (Matt. 17:25); the annual tax (phoros) on property (Luke 20:22; 23:2); the poll-tax (kensos, “tribute,” Matt. 17:25; 22:17; Mark 12:14); and the temple-tax (“tribute money” = two drachmas = half shekel, Matt. 17:24-27; comp. Ex. 30:13). (See TRIBUTE.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax
adjective 1. not subject or liable to taxation: tax-exempt imports. 2. providing income that is not taxable: tax-exempt municipal bonds. noun 3. a tax-exempt security. adjective 1. (of an income or property) exempt from taxation 2. (of an asset) earning income that is not subject to taxation
noun 1. a person who moves outside the jurisdiction of a country to avoid paying taxes. noun 1. a person having a high income who chooses to live abroad so as to avoid paying high taxes
noun 1. any reduction in government revenue through preferential tax treatment, as deductions or credits.
noun 1. bracket creep.